That Nizkor article claims that there’s a big difference between civilian and military/industrial crematoria. There’s no such thing as a military/industrial crematoria. The Krema’s used the same technology with the same sort of firebrick. The only difference was the triple muffle furnaces, which had a small thermal efficiency over a single muffle. The amount of thermal energy required to reduce a corpse is the same in both situations, the number of bodies being burned is irrelevant. The eight muffle furnaces at Krema’s IV and V were a failure.
A crematory cannot be run for days, as the Nizkor article claims. The furnace HAS to be cooled down for clinker removal and other maintenance in a 24 hour cycle.
His claim that Monowitz supplied fuel for the Krema’s is rubbish. The furnaces ran on coke, coal heated in a kiln to remove impurities. There was no kiln at Monowitz/Buna. Monowitz/Buna was still under construction when the Russians came, and didn’t produce rubber until after the war. Methanol (NOT synthetic oil!) was produced, but that is irrelevant, since the Krema’s could not possibly have run on methanol (too explosive, and no forced-spray burner apparatus). Outdoor cremations also could not have been done with methanol, which evaporates too quickly and burns too fast, and, in the winter, would not have burned at all.
Surrounded by coal mines, in theory, Birkenau should never have had a fuel shortage, but as has been pointed out by others, the records of coke deliveries have survived, and are not sufficient for the scale of cremations claimed, and the coke storage facilities at the Krema’s were far too small.
There was no ordinary POW camp in the Auschwitz complex. Auschwitz itself began as a POW camp for Russians, but that had changed by mid-1941. Only two British airman ended up at Auschwitz, partly by bureaucratic error, and they saw nothing incriminating.
The lack of blue staining at the remains of the Krema’s is the big argument between Rudolph and Green, and is centered around the “kinetics”, how fast Prussian Blue would form under those conditions. Enough of Krema’s II and III have survived to make a determination, and in the case of IV and V, the floors there are still original, and if excavated, could be tested for Prussian Blue salts. Prussian Blue when fixed in masonry is stable for centuries, regardless of exposure to the elements, and even if too little formed to be visible to the naked eye, it could be detected by microscopic examination. None has ever been found, not even one little crystal. The examinations of the Jan Sehn Institute are useless, since they ran tests that deliberately excluded Prussian Blue. The cyanide they found – only on the second try – was claimed to be above background levels, but Monowitz today is one of the biggest synthetic rubber factories in the world, spewing out air pollution in the form of methyl cyanide and vinyl cyanide, precursor chemicals to rubber production, which explains the cyanide they found. Any water-soluable cyanide compound from the 1940’s would have dissolved years ago, even if in a protected area, since Auschwitz, being in a swamp, is in a very humid area. The only cyanide from the 1940’s that could have survived would have to be in the form of Prussian Blue.